How to spot scammers on dating sites

Scammers used to look to model stills or stock photos when creating their fake persona.

You should still be wary of photos that look a bit too professional, but increasingly scammers will make use of stolen photos of real people.

Ask yourself how desperate for a relationship you are. In addition to the warning signs, here are some commonalities among scammers. They are not all over the Internet—you cannot find them on Facebook or any other sites. They must travel overseas shortly after meeting you.

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I thought this post from author Sharon Lynn Wyeth was very thorough – and wanted to share it. Scammers often are not specific in what they are looking for in a mate.

Here are warning signs and some advice so you don’t waste time with frauds, and instead can focus on the possibility of real love: 1. Thus, more people will respond and fit their requirements.

We have posted many articles about being careful as you meet people online.

While online dating is an amazing avenue to meet your match, you should be smart in this relatively newer way of finding love.

If there are continual excuses, then you know the person doesn’t really live where they say they do, and/or they are not truly interested in you. Yet, scammers will often indicate that they make more than $150,000 a year. Shortly after the introduction, the person asks about your financials as they wish to know what kind of person they are dealing with. They would rather write and they don’t usually answer the questions that you ask. Again, people who have real wealth do not advertise it.

This way, when they get into a jam and request money, the unsuspecting person thinks their investment or loan will actually get reimbursed. In other words, they are really wishing to find out if you are worth their time to scam as you have financial resources to share. So, when a picture flagrantly indicates wealth, one needs to consider if that picture is even real. But, it is easy for a scam to be set up by a foreigner, even one who is not currently in the United States.

Most scammers will send out waves of generic messages to multiple people in a very short timespan.

More sophisticated scammers might pace their outreach, but looking through the message history should quickly reveal the difference between a real user and a fake profile.

But to dig deeper you need to look at the message content.

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